The shipment to the UK follows despatch of twelve spent fuel rods from the Philippsburg, Grafenrheinfeld and Biblis power stations last Wednesday for reprocessing at France's La Hague plant. Power firm RWE, which operates Biblis, said the castor containers had undergone rigorous checks for surface contamination as required under new rules brought in after the May 1998 ban on transports (ENDS Daily 25 May 1998). In spite of some attempts by protesters to hinder the consignment, the five containers arrived safely in France.
On 29 March the first shipment of waste from spent fuel reprocessing was returned to Germany from La Hague (ENDS Daily 30 March). Meanwhile, the BfS on Thursday issued a permit valid until the end of July for shipment of a further six spent fuel rods from Biblis to Sellafield.
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